Every so often, we highlight a Canadian artist we feel is deserving of more attention than they are receiving. Adam Perry, Duncan Christie, and Eric Lightfoot were off to a good start in 2003. Naming themselves MADRID, they released their debut album Warm Waters which drew immediate attention from the other side of the Atlantic. Their music was featured on the BBC World News hailing their work as “the indie record Boards of Canada never made”. (Boards of Canada are a band from Scotland).
Their sound has been described as a blend of electronic, psychedelic, and shoestep. To us they sound like a mixture of Tones on Tail / Love & Rockets and Slowdive (that’s meant to be a big compliment). They were admired so much by the likes of internationally acclaimed electronic musician Ulrich Schnauss that he remixed one of their songs featured in their followup 2007 EP First Message. Last year, Madrid came out with LP Original Message which the CBC says “combines club-worthy dance tracks and late-night slow jams that raise both the hands and the heart. … The result is not only inspired, but stunning. Their unforgettable electronic sound continually proves that MADRID are clearly ahead of their time. “
As always, we like to let the music speak for itself. Below is the gorgeous ”Out to Sea” from their latest album.